Combined clinical correlation conferences are held in many radiologic subspecialty areas such as GI, GU, interventional, neuro and thoracic radiology. In them, pathophysiology, latest research data, and potential treatment plans are discussed. They provide an excellent opportunity for residents and staff alike to develop a radiologic-pathologic correlation. Additional morning conferences are held in which cases from the previous day and night are reviewed to increase exposure to interesting cases, or to establish a final consensus about problematic cases.
A series of lectures and seminars is held daily at noon by members of faculty or by visiting professors and community radiologists known for their teaching ability. A two year curriculum is followed. Several times a year faculty from other departments, including pathology, internal medicine, and surgery, give lectures. Additional conferences centering on non-clinical skills are given. These include: hospital administration, risk management, job interviewing and contracting, critical thinking, legal and ethics. Journal club is held every other month and is attended by both faculty and residents.
Each resident gives one to two (depending upon year of training) additional noon lecture or teaching conferences per year. Additionally, second year residents traditionally hold a weekly course for first-year residents in which a current general radiology text is reviewed and discussed along with teaching files. There is also a Malpractice Conference, where residents present current legal cases. This is moderated and organized by Dr. David Hogg. A case conference is given daily following the didactic conference. It is run by the individual sections, and cases are shown as unknowns, "hot seat conference."
Our physicists conduct several focused workshops and a board review course for radiology residents. Their courses cover introductory radiological physics; the principles of ultrasound, CT and MRI; digital and computer instrumentation; and radionuclide imaging.
Other educational opportunities include numerous review sessions given to the senior residents by faculty in preparation for oral boards. We have 9 faculty members that serve as oral board examiners for the American Board of Radiology. These reviews, combined with four years of hands-on experience, has helped our residents achieve an unusually high pass rate on the American Board of Radiology certifying exams.